Interview with C. R. Trolson

What do you read for pleasure?
It varies. I like LeCarre and Gerald Seymour, both cold war/spy thriller type writers. I also like the old rough and tumble fiction of Nelson Algren, Don Carpenter. James Caine, of course . . . "They threw me off the truck at noon--" Who can beat a first line like that?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the Kindle Fire HD.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
With me it's all about the writing and since I have not sold many books nothing has been effective although I'm looking into Google adwords.
Describe your desk
I'm drowning in a sea of books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Santa Barbara and Odessa, Tx. I think it's hard not to write about "place", about the soil, it likely forms your characters. A Passing Curse takes place in an old Spanish Mission town much like Santa Barbara, the curse being the vampire that arrived with the first Spanish colonists, a refugee of the Inquisition.

As for Odessa, I've written a lot of short stories about the pointlessness of roughnecking and living on the plains of an ancient sea.
When did you first start writing?
I think it was high school. The creative writing class was filled with folks who weren't sure what they were doing with their lives and various fools. I fit right in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
What's the motivation? I'm not sure. I like history and since most of history is a crime . . .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's very difficult to get a major publisher interested.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I think it has given me an opportunity to give away a lot of books and start some sort of following.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The perfect sentence.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want people to like the books but mostly I hope people recognize the same things that I do as important, namely enjoying yourself and having fun.
Published 2014-03-04.
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Books by This Author

A Passing Curse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 143,670. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Vampires. Veteran homicide cop Reese Tarrant does not believe in vampires. But when he is kicked off the LAPD for shooting serial killer Richard Lamb, dubbed the “Anaheim Vampire” for drinking the blood of thirteen women and follows the trail to billionaire Ajax Rasmussen, strangely pale and living in a palatial mansion overlooking the Pacific, he starts to wonder.